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San Francisco 13, Tyrone 6, Us 6, Alfred 5, Anthony 5, Nancy Pelosi 4, Barry 4, Floyd 3, Houser 2, Francis 2, St. 2, California 2, Susan Coretand 1, Facebook 1, Doug Shoemaker 1, Tyrone Hopper 1, Usf 1, Anthony Foundation 1, United Nations 1, Ba 1,
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    February 5, 2013
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you'll be able to see it. we call the san francisco artists and galleries and said, hey, we want a building that is a place people want to come to work in and to visit. we're now going to be buying art from between 08 and 100 local artists in san francisco and the arts commission will be hanging in that art the next couple of months in the building. >> we'll have a cafe in the lobby. the cafe will be serving people there. they'll have a child care center on-site so people with children can come to work. if something happens to their child they can walk right downstairs. it has enough space for 65 kids. >> we looked at various ways that we could be creative in promoting alternative transportation. we did this by providing bike racks and showers in the building. we do see the number of parking spaces to two parking spaces and providing electrical charging stations for
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alternative vehicles. >> it's time for us to have a home that all of us can be proud of. >> and we couldn't do this without everybody working together on the one goal, which is, let's build something that reflects the honor of hetch hetchy, the honor of the greatest engineering feats, reflects what our puc does for our public, and for generations to come it will educate everybody. >> i'm really proud that one of the greenest and most sustainable buildings is here in norm in district 6. the wind turbine, the solar power, the living machines, recycled water that ed and the mayor has already spoken to. and what's also amazing about this building is it's not just internally, but you can actually see it on the outside. so, when people are walking around the city they can actually see the green and environmental aspects. >> what better way to show that
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the puc cares about the environment and the puc is going to show everyone else, you can do this, too. and you can do it in a way that makes sense, that's affordable, and that is better for the environment. >> and this is the most energy efficient government building in the united states today, if not the world. and it is an example that the entire united states can look to and say, that's what we need to do to save our city hundreds of millions of dollars in energy consumption a year and set an example to everybody of how to save energy, to be green, to be sustainable, to be responsible. the city is leading the way. >> it will be immediately recognizable and iconic from various parts of the city or even if you see a picture. that's the sfpuc building. it's a wonderful building. ♪
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[ applause ] >> okay. good afternoon afternoon. it is my pleasure to welcome you all here on behalf of the board of directors of st. anthony foundation. this is the groundbreaking for our brand-new dining room with mercy housing 90 units of affordable housing for seniors. [applause]
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[applause] this is one of the finest examples of collaboration in the non-profit sentor sector and i'm proud to be part of it. on behalf of the board of directors of st. anthony foundation, i want to offer our greatest gratitude and appreciation for all your help. thank you. [ applause ] >> good afternoon everybody. doug shoemaker the president of mercy housing foundation and this is a fabulous day. it doesn't get more complicated than the scenario we put together here. that is the san francisco way. if you can do it simply, you wouldn't want do it. [ laughter ] >> so we have tried to make it complicated, but the result is going to be an unbelievable, unbelievable community asset really what st. anthony and
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mercying housing and what all of our partners are about. there are so many people here that one of the things we're going to have to live with today a long list of thanks. not everyone will speak, but i want to acknowledge many of the people who here today. we're blessed to have leader nancy pelosi here. who has been a huge leader. [ applause ] mayor lee, and it seems like we might have a quorum with the board of supervisors. i'm sure there is no work getting done over there today because we have been blessed with so many. supervisor kim, supervisor yeee, supervisor cohen and supervisor dufty and those are just too name a few. for mercy, these opportunitis are just few and far between. we were talking earlier, barry
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and i about how many people st. anthony's sees on a regular basis. these 89 affordable housing units and one manager's unit is an unbelievable accomplishment. and the sad thing it's just a drop in the bucket compared to the need we have. i think all of you know that, which is why you are here today. we're blessed to have the leader here today and i wish all your colleagues in congress could be as supportive as you have been over the years so people would understand the need. unfortunately with the situation that we have nationally, the funding for programs like this are really stretched and there is a lot the doubt if we'll see more of this funding in the future. it's phenomenal to have such a champion here today with us to bring that word back to the folks. [phra*-uplt/] >> i'm going to do more thank yous as we go through the process, but i wanted to just turn it over to barry to talk a little bit about this from the
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st. anthony's perspective. >> thank you, doug. it's already been said a number of times already today, this is exciting. many of us have been waiting a long, long time for this day. of course we're all here today to celebrate something new. but when i look out on all of you gathered here, i see something very familiar about this gathering. yes, we're here to break ground on something new, a new buildings that will house the new st. anthony's dining room and 90 units of affordable housing for our seniors, sponsored by mercy. but when i look out and i see all of these different people gathered here, jones and golden gate, i'm sorry struck by how in so many ways it's very normal and natural. there is nothing different about today than other days. people hanging out, on this corner, is nothing new.
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yes, a new venture with mercy housing and st. anthony foundation in a very innovative and exciting collaboration. but also something very familiar. the francisans and sisters of mercy stepping up to help san francisco. [ applause ] there are some great old photos from right after the 1906 earthquake, and fire. one of them shows a line of people going right up the street here, on golden gate avenue, waiting for the francisans to feed them out of the rectory door of st. boniface and another photo of mercy sisters standing at a tent in golden gate park as they administered medicines and help to needy after the earthquake. for years this corner has been the place where people who have
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a little something extra come and share with those who have very little. in 1950 father alfred stood where they are standing today and recognized the dignity, and the struggles of those out of work, veterans suffering the effects of world war ii and those battling addictions. he brought together civic leaders, hotel owners, captains of industry, and willing volunteers from the painters and electrical unions and that coming together on this street corner became st. anthony's dining room. after a few years, because there always seemed to be enough food to feed everyone, no one was ever sent away empty. this coming together became known as the miracle on jones street. our presence here today signals to all of san francisco that the miracle continues.
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we're not turning water into wine. we're not turning water into wine, not that kind of miracle. no we're transforming old auto body shops into a state-of-the-art dining room and homes for our senior citizens. the miracle continues. [ applause ] we're not walking on water or raising the dead, but we are building homes and providing clothing and social services that will help people live lives of dignity and meaning. the miracle continues. we're not feeding thousands on the hillsides. wait, we are feeding thousands on the hillsides. [laughter ] on these slopes between nob hill and market street. the miracle continues as we construct the facility where
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another generation of san franciscans will come to reach out to those in need. the miracle continues. the miracle must continue, because we still have $2.5 million to pay the contractors to build this building. let this gathering here today be a statement of our confidence that this miracle will continue and that we will raise the needed funds to complete this project. we must be miracle workers. so again, it's very exciting to see that today we are gathering at this blessed corner. i want to thank all of you for coming. the people who are responsible for this new building are here today. those who had the idea for it, those who designed it, those who donated or lent the funds to ensure its construction, the builders, and those who will benefit from it. some will speak today or be
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formally recognized, but in the tradition of this corner, and what has happened here for so long, people coming together, i want all of you now to turn to one another and congratulate yourselves. shake your neighbor's hand and say thank you for making this possible. thank you. this coming together would not be that, namely a coming together, if we did not hear from one of our guests. one the people who benefit from the programs that we at st. antony's and mercies provide. i will introduce tyrone hopper, a graduate from the father alfred center, st. anthony's drug and rehab program. he presently works for the city
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and county of san francisco and this year will graduate with a ba in criminal justice. [ applause ] tyrone freelances as an interpreter in spanish including on-call assignments for the united nations, and he expects to be certified in mandarin next year. please welcome tyrone. [ applause ] >> good afternoon everybody. i have to say i'm a bit overwhelmed today to be sharing the same stage with nancy pelosi, ed lee, susan coretand to look out here and see this sea of humanity and have people cheering for me. [ applause ] i'm overwhelmed and i'm humbled
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because just four years, nine months and six days ago, i was smoking crack. that is right. i was a drug addict. and almost five years later, here i am. miracles do happen! [ applause ] 60 years ago father alfred had a vision. it started with his compassion for those in need. the vision was and still is for those in need to come out of poverty, and to thrive. this vision since 1950 has been giving those in need the natural and the spiritual food that they need in order to thrive. i am now thriving because of the vision of father alfred. [ applause ]
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>> i came through st. anthony's through the father alfred center, the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center and i was instilled with values and morals that i was separated from through my drug use. after coming to the father alfred center they put me to work in the dining center. i was not easy work, but gratifying and i got to hear the people actually say thank you for the work i was doing, but remember a short time before that i was on the streets, smoking crack. and now, today, i am able to come here and to give back to a foundation that gave so much to me. [ applause ]
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the clinic helped gave me medical and make sure everything was working okay and i was fit and in top shape. the tech lab got me acquainted with computers and email and google and facebook. and all of those things that we can't live without, right? social services got me back acquainted with getting my drivers' license back, because while i was on drugs i had lost my driver's license. and how many of you know that in california it's really hard to get around without a car? can i get a witness? >> amen. >> i know work for the city and county of san francisco. i work over at san francisco general hospital, in the dietary department. i have been there for almost three years. [ applause ] >> i will be graduating from the university of phoenix this year with a degree in criminal
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justice. and as barry has already told you i freelances an interpret. he said that the dead are not resurrected here. i stand here before you to let you know that the dead will be resurrected. because my life was over before i came here and it has been resurrected all today. [ applause ] thank you very much for taking the time to listen to me. my name is tyrone and i'm under construction. god speed to you all. [ applause ] >> thank you, tyrone.
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whew. [ [ laughter ] >> it is my distinct pleasure to introduce to you today one of our volunteers. this woman takes time etch year to volunteer with her children and grandchildren. she comes when she is not otherwise occupied, like leading those in congress. nancy pelosi is used to speaking before representatives. she has been doing it for 25 years and she comes before us, representatives of all of san francisco and points beyond. she is used to celebrating occasions when those who have been excluded have been welcomed to something new and exciting. she has done it for women coming into the halls of congress. she has done it for seniors
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moving into housing. she has done it for those with hiv/aids gathering at the memorial grove. i could go on and on, but i would much rather hear her speak, so please welcome leadership nancy pelosi. [ applause ] >> thank you very much. thank you very much for your very generous introduction, barry and for your great leadership at the st. anthony foundation, for the invitation to be here today with such distinguished guests. how about tyrone? is he something? [ applause ] but it's an honor to be with you barry, with susan swift, with doug shu-maker and our distinguished mayor, mayor lee. last time i saw him he was on the platform while president obama was delivering the inaugural address.
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susan corette, thank you for decades of generousity and service to our community across the board. and father harden, who is president of the st. anthony's foundation. thank you for your leadership. when barry talked about my bringing my children and grandchildren to serve meals over the years at st. anthony's dining room and others mentioned father alfred. i was remembering father floyd. [ applause ] i told my children when father floyd told me. a long time ago, i said father floyd, what makes you be able to do this over and over -- year in and year out? that you never burn out? that you have a constant source of enthusiasm for administering to the needs of people in need? he said when i was growing up, my parents told me that god
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loved poor people in a very special way. and so that we all must love them in a very special way. and that was his motivation and i believe the motivation of many of us gathered here today. i know it is of where you are father? father from u.s. f? thank you for being here. i see so many of you in the audience who have been so magnificent in this and here we are. coming together in a partnership, in a partnership between mercy housing; now it's mercy housing because it's the sisters of mercy, but it's mercy housing because that is what it is. and that is what it means to the people who benefit from it. and this collaboration with st. anthony's. the coming together of two
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forces of such magnitude, of such commitment, of such deep commitment, of such values that you know that the outcome is going to be -- not only benefit the people who are here, but also be a model for others. this is a collaboration, as has been said between mercy housing and st. anthony's and was example was non-profits come together for the greater good. with their leadership and their being models, producing results of national significance, they, most of them have been able to to impact public policy and i know the mayor is right on the forefront of all of this. and thank you for your great leadership, mayor lee. [ applause ] and you know that we just had a little session with the cliffs,
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going over the cliff, not going over the cliff. but one of the things that we were determined to protect in that debate was the new markets tax credit, something that has benefited some of these kinds of initiatives throughout the country. so whether it was long ago and the low-income housing tax credit of which mercy housing has participated in over and over again and the new market tax credit, one of the current versions of the story. or the section 8 vouchers or the rest of that, public policy has played a role. but we can only be successful in achieving the funding for that public policy if we have examples of national significance to say this must be a priority. and it is a priority because mercy housing and st. anthony's makes people the priority. results. deeds, not just words. the words are important, but they
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are no substitute for making something happen from it. we all know the gospel of matthew and i was hungry, you gave me to eat and that is what st. anthony's has done. when you were homeless, you gave me shelter and that is mercy housing and they have come together. it's not just about food and housing, but it's about dignity and stability and respect. respect for that spark of divinity that exists in every person, respect for the possibilities as tyrone has pointed out to us and for giving back. god bless you, tyrone for not only turning your life around, but for giving back. [ applause ] so father, we have been together on many occasions, like this and father is the
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president of usf and he knows that this city of st. francis has been a city. when they talk about san francisco values, i take it in the most complimentary way. the values of st. francis and that is exactly what we are doing on this corner today, being channels of god's peace, giving love and light where it had not existed. but to thank each and every one of you for what you do. our mayor has been sort of the catalyst. he is where a lot of this comes together, public policy, private philanthropy and non-profit collaborations all works with the spark that makes it just ignite in a much bigger way. and he has been really a
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champion in that regard, not just as the mayor of this city, but long before that in his various capacities in leadership in our city. so we thank him for that leadership. because of each and every one of you sitting here, and most of all because of the vips today, the vips, the people who will live here. they are the very important people today. [ applause ] because of those very important people, this is a very important day in san francisco. and i'm very honored to be part of the proceedings. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> thank you so much leader pelosi for the kind words and sentiments that we all share of it's really an emotional thing to sit here withsome people caring so deeply about what happens on this site. it's a fabulous moment and thank you for bringing that together. it's my honor to introduce
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mayor lee, who i had the benefit of working for him for some time before he sent pe to the curb. [ laughter ] >> it's not really true, but it's a good story. the world that i inhabit, the world of affordable housing, there is no better praise than to call someone a "houser." i don't know that we had a houser has mayor quite the way we have with mayor lee. for many of you, probably know this since the day he was in law school, representing tenants in chinatown, to make sure their living conditions were what they needed to be, he has been there from the very beginning and from the day and well before, no one had to explain to ed lee what affordable housing was for or why it mattered or what was important about it or why you needed to support it? so we have done something unbelievable in san francisco this past year under his leadership; which is despite the fact that the state has
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seen fit to remove literally a billion dollars in affordable housing funding from the dissolution of redevelopment agencies, no other mayor, no other board of supervisors stood up and said we're going to change the story. so with our board's leadership and with the mayor's leadership and with the support of many donors and many committed political folks, we passed an unbelievable measure that will provide funding for affordable housing here in san francisco. it doesn't solve the problem, but it is a step way beyond what any other community in california has done. i want to thank the board and the mayor for their incredible leadership on this and invite up mayor ed lee. [ applause ] >> thank you, doug and thank you for your leadership at mercy housing. as you reconstruct your life. [ laughter ] anyway, let me first of all s

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